Mark 13:5-8 In this opening paragraph of this prophetic teaching, Jesus anticipates deception. Regardless of your ‘millennial’ view, many will agree that prophetic speculation has proven deceptive throughout Church History. Has not more ink been used up to draft speculative novels, crafty movie scripts and even prophetic tracts?
A useful principle, taught by one of my hermeneutics (science of interpretation) profs, is this – ‘When the clear sense makes sense, seek no other sense.’ I’ve had more than one lengthy discussion on prophecy, with my ‘opponent’ arguing from sermon notes or a ‘study Bible’s commentary. Could we just start and stay with the text awhile?
Jesus warns – “Watch out that no one deceives you.” Isn’t this remarkable, considering these men were mentored by the Master, were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2) and were foundation layers for the church? (Ephesians 2:20)
My simple purpose for this post is to urge a more careful reading of Scripture. ‘Read the text! Read the text! Read the text!’ One of our Bible College profs cried out in frustration to a student who was off on some ‘rabbit trail’ of speculation.
As you read through Mark 13, read it and read it and read it again. Make notes of observation. Ask questions. Pray for insight and remember that any believer may be deceived! Let’s covet the gift of ‘discernment.’ Let’s ‘test everything and hold on to what is good.’